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Zayed National Museum

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This case study spotlights our engagement with the Zayed National Museum project, an iconic undertaking to honor Sheikh Zayed’s legacy as the founding president of the UAE. We were assigned the MEP services for the museum after the abrupt removal of the initial contractor. Faced with significant challenges, including a lack of existing BIM records and a stalled project, we devised a two-phase blended solution to steer the project back on track, showcasing our ability to perform efficient project rescues.
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Background

Our assignment came from the project authorities for the Zayed National Museum project. Our task was to facilitate the project’s MEP services, including as-built engineering works and all remaining future deliverables.
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Challenges
Taking over the Zayed National Museum project mid-way was no easy feat. The abrupt departure of the previous contractor left the project in a state of disarray with a lack of structured BIM records. There was a lack of continuity, and the absence of a project handover posed significant hurdles in understanding the project's current state. In addition to this, the project was fraught with complexity, making our task as the new BIM consultants even more challenging
A specific challenge was the stalled progress due to the lack of existing BIM records, which would require substantial time and resources to rectify. The client initially considered mobilizing a large on-site team to re-do the entire BIM strategy. However, we understood that this approach could potentially cause further significant delays to the project timeline.

Background

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Our assignment came from the project authorities for the Zayed National Museum project. Our task was to facilitate the project’s MEP services, including as-built engineering works and all remaining future deliverables.
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Challenges

Taking over the Zayed National Museum project mid-way was no easy feat. The abrupt departure of the previous contractor left the project in a state of disarray with a lack of structured BIM records. There was a lack of continuity, and the absence of a project handover posed significant hurdles in understanding the project's current state. In addition to this, the project was fraught with complexity, making our task as the new BIM consultants even more challenging
A specific challenge was the stalled progress due to the lack of existing BIM records, which would require substantial time and resources to rectify. The client initially considered mobilizing a large on-site team to re-do the entire BIM strategy. However, we understood that this approach could potentially cause further significant delays to the project timeline.
Another major issue was accurately documenting as-built conditions. The intricacies of capturing all the existing services at the site, including their dimensions and level of completion, presented a considerable challenge.
Further two significant elements that stood out were the intricate pods and the TLG (Time Line Garden) structures, both requiring an exceptional level of precision and detailed modelling.

Pods

The pods were incredibly complex structures with a multitude of services interacting with the structural framework. The integration of these services within the architectural design required an extraordinary level of BIM expertise and precision. As result of their complexity, these pods had to be remodelled multiple times to ensure perfect alignment and coordination of services.
Proposed Solution & Implementation
Understanding the client's predicament and the need to mitigate further project delays, we proposed a two-phase blended solution. The strategy included an immediate stopgap solution, followed by a comprehensive long-term plan to align with project standards. Our initial fodus was to provide an immediate solution. We segmented all 12 sub-disciplines into different worksets within the same BIM model. Whilizing NavisWorks, we made it possible for the contractor to select and isolate specific services for review. This step ensured immedinte continuity in the construction work, in line with the client's construction timeline and budgel. Simultaneously we began working on a comprehensive solution to ensure compliance with all project standards. To address the issue of documenting as-built conditions, a team of 10, including two coordinators. worked entirely from our Chennei office for a period of 8 months. This offshore team was specifically tasked with integrating the contractor's manual site survey and the client's na-built data into our BIM model. For efficient project management, we devised a blended resource model involving both onsite and offshore teams. On the ground, we had four lead coordinators who interacted closely with the client and managed the local espects of the project, Offshore. a team of 35 worked from our Chennai office for a period of 18 months, ensuring a quick delivery of a high volume of work. Further two significant elements that stood out were the intricate pods and the TLG (Time Line Garden) structures, both requiring an exceplionel level of precision and detailed modelling.
Pods
The pods were incredibly complex structures with a multitude of services interacting with the structural framework. The integration of these services within the architectural design required an extraordinary level of BIM expertise and precision. As result of their complexity, these pods had to be remodelled multiple times to ensure perfect alignment and coordination of services.
TLG
The TLG presented a separate set of challenges. With a high BIM specification and a significant volume of underground services passing through, we were confronted with the demanding task of documenting all these elements accurately. Managing the vast array of services while maintaining the high standards set by the BIM specification was indeed a test of our team's capabilities and resources.

TLG

The TLG presented a separate set of challenges. With a high BIM specification and a significant volume of underground services passing through, we were confronted with the demanding task of documenting all these elements accurately. Managing the vast array of services while maintaining the high standards set by the BIM specification was indeed a test of our team's capabilities and resources.

Proposed Solution & Implementation

Understanding the client's predicament and the need to mitigate further project delays, we proposed a two-phase blended solution. The strategy included an immediate stopgap solution, followed by a comprehensive long-term plan to align with project standards.
Understanding the client's predicament and the need to mitigate further project delays, we proposed a two-phase blended solution. The strategy included an immediate stopgap solution, followed by a comprehensive long-term plan to align with project standards.
Our initial focus was to provide an immediate solution. We segmented all 12 sub-disciplines into different worksets within the same BIM model. Utilizing NavisWorks, we made it possible for the contractor to select and isolate specific services for review. This step ensured immediate continuity in the construction work, in line with the client's construction timeline and budget.
Simultaneously, we began working on a comprehensive solution to ensure compliance with all project standards. To address the issue of documenting as-built conditions, a team of 10, including two coordinators, worked entirely from our Chennai office for a period of 8 months. This offshore team was specifically tasked with integrating the contractor’s manual site survey and the client’s as-built data into our BIM model.
For efficient project management, we devised a blended resource model involving both onsite and offshore teams. On the ground, we had four lead coordinators who interacted closely with the client and managed the local aspects of the project. Offshore, a team of 35 worked from our Chennai office for a period of 18 months, ensuring a quick delivery of a high volume of work.
Further two significant elements that stood out were the intricate pods and the TLG (Time Line Garden) structures, both requiring an exceptional level of precision and detailed modelling.

4 offices

Site, Dubai, Chennai and Trichy, with bulk of modelling taking place in Chennai.

35 +

MEP engineers at the peak across all packages.

75%*

Cost savings by leveraging outsourcing.

*Statistic derived by comparing average cost of onsite BIM team with JES hybrid team.

24 months

Project Duration across all packages excluding as built.

Pods

For the pods, a dedicated team studied and analysed the architectural and structural design and the interaction of services within it. The team remodelled these pods multiple times, following a detailed review and quality assurance process, to ensure perfect alignment and coordination.

TLG

As for the TLG, we had to comprehend and follow the high BIM specification and account for a multitude of underground services. A separate group of experts with proficiency in managing high-spec BIM requirements was deployed. Their task included meticulously incorporating the underground services in the BIM model, maintaining a high degree of accuracy.
Both these tasks were managed through our blended resource model involving on-site coordinators and an offshore team in our Chennai office. This allowed us to leverage expertise from multiple locations and ensure the continuity and speed of work required for this complex project.
Results
Our immediate solution allowed construction to resume, helping the contractor meet the client's construction timeline and budget. Through meliculous as-built data incorporation, we managed to reflect the current state of the project securately in the BIM model. Our on-site and off-site collaboration was crucial in meeting these goals and ensured that high-quality work was delivered in a timely manner. Our involvement in the Zayed National Museum project underscores our abilities to efficiently rescue troubled projects and navigate complex challenges. This case study showcases our commitment to devising efficient solutions and delivering high-quality work even under pressure.

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